During the summer of 2017, Amy Tran, a dual Pharm.D., M.P.H student, traveled to Uganda under the mentorship of Melanie Nicol, an assistant professor in the College of Pharmacy. Learn about Amy’s experience assisting in a clinical research project that stems from Dr. Nicole’s involvement with and seed grant from the AHC Uganda Hub.
Congratulations to our 2017-18 Global Health Faculty Travel Award Recipients!
We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017-18 round of Faculty Travel Award funding:
In January 2017, student researchers from Minnesota and Uganda were formed into teams as part of Uganda Research Training Collaborative (URTC). Together, they proposed small-scale research projects and have since been advancing their research plans. The URTC provides a rich opportunity for students from the U of M and partner institutions in Uganda to develop research skills.
For their study, "Effect of adherence and malnutrition on pharmacokinetics and virologic outcomes of atazanavir in HIV-infected adolescents," Team 4 will meet with HIV-positive teenagers and ask interview questions about medication use and nutrition status. The team will also measure drug levels to assess relationships between adherence, nutrition, and drug levels in adolescents.
In January 2017, student researchers from both Minnesota and Uganda were formed into teams as part of Uganda Research Training Collaborative (URTC). Together, they proposed small-scale research projects and have since been advancing their research plans.
On September 20, URTC Team 1 reported the completion of their fieldwork for their project, "A study to determine the prevalence of Mycobacterium Bovis in slaughtered cattle in the city abattoirs of Kampala, Uganda". The team of four students hailing from Makerere University’s College of Veterinary medicine, Animal resources, and Biosecurity (COVAB) and the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine screened approximately 1600 animals to collect 316 samples for their study over the course of 15 visits to the city abattoirs (slaughterhouses).
In 2016, Maria Kroupina, Associate Professor in the Division of Global Pediatrics, was awarded an AHC Travel Award for travel to Uganda to meet with researchers and clinicians to identify potential collaborations to advance early childhood mental health in Uganda. One resulting collaboration was a symposium held on September 25, 2017 in Kampala in partnership with the AHC Uganda Hub and faculty from Makerere University's Department of Psychiatry.